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    Interdisciplinary approaches to the phenomenology of auditory verbal hallucinations

    Woods, A. and Jones, N. and Bernini, M. and Callard, Felicity and Alderson-Day, B. and Badcock, J. and Bell, V. and Cook, C. and Csordas, T. and Humpston, C. and Krueger, J. and Larøi, F. and McCarthy-Jones, S. and Moseley, P. and Powell, H. and Raballo, A. and Smailes, D. and Fernyhough, C. (2014) Interdisciplinary approaches to the phenomenology of auditory verbal hallucinations. Schizophrenia Bulletin 40 (S), S246-S254. ISSN 0586-7614.

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    Abstract

    Despite the recent proliferation of scientific, clinical, and narrative accounts of auditory verbal hallucinations (AVHs), the phenomenology of voice hearing remains opaque and undertheorized. In this article, we outline an interdisciplinary approach to understanding hallucinatory experiences which seeks to demonstrate the value of the humanities and social sciences to advancing knowledge in clinical research and practice. We argue that an interdisciplinary approach to the phenomenology of AVH utilizes rigorous and context-appropriate methodologies to analyze a wider range of first-person accounts of AVH at 3 contextual levels: (1) cultural, social, and historical; (2) experiential; and (3) biographical. We go on to show that there are significant potential benefits for voice hearers, clinicians, and researchers. These include (1) informing the development and refinement of subtypes of hallucinations within and across diagnostic categories; (2) “front-loading” research in cognitive neuroscience; and (3) suggesting new possibilities for therapeutic intervention. In conclusion, we argue that an interdisciplinary approach to the phenomenology of AVH can nourish the ethical core of scientific enquiry by challenging its interpretive paradigms, and offer voice hearers richer, potentially more empowering ways to make sense of their experiences.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Auditory verbal hallucinations, Phenomenology, Interdisciplinarity, Research collaboration, Psychosis
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
    Research Centre: Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2014 15:05
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2019 16:13
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/20407

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